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East Millstone Named ‘Great Neighborhood’ By Planning Association

Photo courtesy American Planning Association – NJ.

The historic village of East Millstone has been named a “Great Neighborhood” by the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association.

The award is one of several given out by the association, according to its web site.

East Millstone and the other designees will be feted at an awards ceremony, slated for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 30 at the South Orange Performing Arts Center Loft in South Orange.

According to the APANJ web site, characteristics of a “great neighborhood” include:

  • a memorable character that reflects the community’s overall character and local history but sets itself apart from other neighborhoods.
  • a variety of functional attributes that contribute to a resident’s day-to-day living
  • accommodation of all modes of transportation (i.e. pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers) and provision of access to multiple destinations that serve its residents
  • social activity is encouraged, and there is a sense of community and neighborliness.

East Millstone, according to the web site, “is a unique community within Franklin Township offering historic sites, recreation, shopping, interesting housing stock, and safe and multi-modal transportation options to its residents and visitors. It has a rich history of commerce and recreation, with a promising future for unique living and sense of place.”

The historic district has “maintained its village character, along with a list of impressive historic resources,” according to the web site. “Those that live and work in and around Franklin Township visit East Millstone for a glimpse into the past while being able to access the Delaware Raritan Canal, engage in local festivals and events, and recreate passively or actively.”

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